Not all at once ladies - Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
What's better than drafting an offensive guard at 22? Drafting an offensive guard at 16.
I think it's pretty obvious at this point that most people throw shit at the wall to see what sticks when it comes to mock drafts. I do (just kidding- I really don't, because I'm an 'expert'). It's gotten so ridiculous that I'm beginning to think that a 'mock' draft was created by a game of drunken darts. Hard to tell for sure, but I suppose even the hair stumbles into his bed a 4 AM once in awhile.
Last time I went into depth- sort of, not really, but I'm going to say I did - about how the Rams should draft a wide receiver. The same is true for the offensive line. Thus is the virtue of not being led by a terrible GM (talent? what's that?). I've swooned about Jon Cooper, but it's pretty apparent that if the Rams want in on the offensive line gold rush, they're probably going to be looking inside.
That isn't necessarily a bad thing, since Cooper and Warmack are some of the best offensive lineman in the draft. In fact, they're some of the best guards to come around in quite awhile (apologies to David DeCastro, last years he's the best guard in a decade candidate).
But I know what you're thinking! Jeff Fisher never drafts O-Line in the first! Jeff Fisher also never inherited Jason Smith before. Point Eric.
As much as the Rams need an offensive tackle (Barry Richardson actually had a positive grade from PFF for the season), they really need some new big men inside. Look at the incumbents: Robert Turner (decent center, bad guard), Scott Wells (decent center, bad knees) and Harvey Dahl (decent guard, nearing expiration point). Two of those players are recovering from injuries. They both happen to be nearly 700 years old in football years. This is a problem.
But what about Rokevious Watkins? Well, he's fat. Andre Smith combine fat (even though Andre Smith is probably the best right tackle in the league right now- he's also a free agent). That isn't good, so we're probably looking at external options when we talk about replacements. Watkins could come into training camp lean, mean and ready to go, but history says otherwise.
Along with adding a receiver, that's probably the best thing you can do for Sam Bradford (editors note: not getting rid of the two receivers he has the best relationship with, the two that arguably have the most talent on the team and the only ones who have been with St. Louis his entire career might help as well, but what the hell do I know).
Warmack and Cooper both are impressive guards. Draft either one of them, sit back, crack open a beer, and watch for a decade. It's that simple. Heck, if you think it's better to draft a WR in the second round, go for both of them. Not only would you save money by releasing Harvey Dahl, you'd also have a pair of bookend guards, if that phrase even works.
Chance is a road grader who's also excellent in pass protection, something that could come in handy. He's arguably the safest pick the draft, and even though it doesn't have the pizzazz of say, Cordarrelle Patterson, it's probably the smartest move the Rams could make.
Cooper's probably the most athletic guard I've ever seen. He has excellent footwork and speed, and is a lot closer to Warmack than most people realize. If Warmack really goes as high as people- excuse me, 'experts,' are predicting, Cooper would be one hell of a consolation prize.
There is a good reason to be excited this offseason; the Rams will be adding a ton of talent to the offense. I for one welcome our new NFL overlords.